EURGBP Continues To Be Subdued In February

Gary Thomson, Chief Operating Officer FXOpen UK

Throughout February, EURGBP has remained subdued, prompting speculation about its potential for a resurgence. The initial weeks of 2024 have been marked by intense analysis and conjecture, particularly regarding the trajectory of the US economy.

The anticipation stemmed from the US authorities being the first to publicly address any forthcoming monetary policy adjustments for the year ahead. Moreover, there was widespread discussion surrounding the possibility of the US Federal Reserve Bank initiating interest rate cuts, a scenario that ultimately did not materialise.

While the expected interest rate cuts did not come to fruition, comparisons between the US economy and Europe’s major currencies, namely the British Pound and the Euro, have been rife. Both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England have adhered to conservative monetary policies similar to that of the Federal Reserve over the past couple of years. Consequently, had the Federal Reserve proceeded with interest rate reductions as anticipated, it’s plausible that comparable expectations would have arisen for European and British central bankers to follow suit.

In light of the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain interest rates, there’s speculation about whether European and British central bankers will pursue a similar course. The outcome of the European Central Bank’s recent policy meeting on January 25, where rates remained unchanged, suggests a degree of alignment in this regard.

Analysing the performance of the EURGBP pair yields intriguing insights into sentiment within European Union member states and Britain, particularly in the absence of a direct comparison to the United States. The Euro commenced the year with a depreciation against the British Pound, following a modest recovery from previous lows. This downward trajectory has persisted, with the EURGBP pair declining from 0.867 to 0.850 according to FXOpen charts as of this morning, punctuated by sporadic minor recoveries during intra-day trading over the past six weeks.

Meanwhile, in Britain, the Office for National Statistics released the latest figures on UK consumer and producer prices for January, indicating a marginal uptick in inflation from 4.0% in December to 4.1% in January. However, output prices are projected to register a year-on-year decline of 0.5%, contrasting with the 0.1% increase recorded in the preceding month. While these figures suggest some economic stagnation and a stabilisation of inflation following its previous double-digit levels two years ago, they do not warrant undue concern.

The decline in the Euro compared to the Pound can perhaps be attributed to the broader economic malaise gripping the European Union relative to the buoyant US economy, coupled with Britain’s relatively stable economic conditions. A cursory examination of the top 100 publicly listed British companies included in the FTSE 100 index reveals a clear indication of stagnation, evidenced by their declining valuations, juxtaposed with the soaring US stocks on the S&P 500 index.

Despite the elevated levels of national debt in the United States and the collapse of longstanding banks like Silicon Valley Bank, against the backdrop of the lingering effects of the 2008/2009 economic crisis, the US economy continues to forge ahead. The comparison between the Pound and the Euro underscores the distinctiveness of the British economy, particularly the international prominence of London’s financial hub, which remains a formidable force on the global stage.

The question remains whether the Euro’s current downturn is transient or indicative of a more protracted suppression. Vigilant monitoring of policy decisions, economic indicators, and industrial metrics will be pivotal in discerning the trajectory of the Euro in the coming months.

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